Cross tasting with Knappogue Castle 1950 (cask 1). Used to be cited as the oldest and rarest Irish whiskey available. That was definitely true at the time this whiskey was bottled in 1987. Since then Cadenhead managed to bottle (in 1991) even older (cask strength) versions of 1948 and 1949 of the old Tullamore Distillery. I was priviliged to taste some of them. They are all superb!
Beautiful nose with lots of tropical fruit; mango, lychee, ripe pear and papaya. But also dried coconut, mandarins and apricot marmelade. Touch of aniseed and cinnamon. Some overripe bananas at the background. Later on hints of old cigar boxes and shoe polish. Waxed furniture as well. It noses lovely! Reminds me of old Demerara rum.
Creamy vanilla mouthfeel at first. Sandal wood intermingled with apricots and grapefruit bitterness. Cinnamon and brown sugar. Wheat bread, but also a faint of cough syrup. The old pot still characteristics of heavy oiliness and robust spiciness are now clearly present. At the same time this Knappogue Castle 1951 is much more round and sweet as its (rarer and lesser known) 1950 version.
Quite long and chewy. Gingery. Liquorice. A litte menthol at the end. Bold and heavy but well balanced.